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The coaching at SIMMSport is provided by students from St Mary’s many of whom are studying sport and teaching subjects. The programme gives the students a chance to develop their coaching skills by leading sport sessions each week.

Some of the students are able to use coaching with SIMMSport to earn credit for their degree. This allows them to gain experience of working with young people, National Governing Bodies and other sports organisations. They can then apply this experience to their degree and then in their career after graduating.

The benefits of having St Mary’s students coach for SIMMSport are reflected in the positive comments from participants, parents and other clubs. We often receive comments about the enthusiasm of our coaches and the positive way they motivate the young people they coach.

SIMMSport coaches are led by the Sports Development team at Sport St Mary’s to deliver excellent coaching and sporting opportunities for the local community. Coaches are offered training and access to National Governing Body courses. This improves the coaches’ competency and raises the quality of the sport for those young people in the sessions.

Research shows that students who choose to get involved with programmes like SIMMSport during their degree increase their chances of employment after graduating.

Each coach has experience in their sport as well as the relevant coaching qualifications and will have undergone the required Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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I feel very lucky to be a part of the SIMMSport team. I really enjoy working at SIMMSplitz gymnastics club and am grateful for the opportunity to complete my coaching qualifications, something that I would not have had the chance to do had I not found a job in such a supportive environment."Natalie Gould, SIMMSplitz, 3rd Year Primary Education student
Being part of SIMMSport with such a professional and well organised team of coaches is great fun and an opportunity I am grateful for. Organising the SIMMSFootball each week has improved my leadership and organisation skills and most importantly created opportunities for students to come and participate socially!Mary Southgate, SIMMSFootball, 2nd Year Physical and Sport Education student
Coaching at SIMMSport has helped me to actively develop my skills as a practitioner through teaching different age groups, sports and children. It has helped me to develop my organisational skills, administration skills and time management. It has also helped me develop confidence and understanding of different areas of coaching.Jack Hughes, SIMMSAthletics, 3rd Year Physical and Sport Education student
SIMMSport has given me the opportunity to work in a well-established, professionally managed environment with trained coaches on-hand to aid learning and development.Cammy Gregory, 2nd Year Physical Education and Sport student
Through joining SIMMSplitz I have realised that I love coaching kids and I would like to continue this for many years to come. It has helped me gain confidence in working with both adults and kids as the staff are very welcoming. It fits in perfectly with lectures and helps towards my degree.Christina Hajittofis, 2nd Year Sport and Exercise Science student
"I enjoy coaching so I may look to this as a future career, because of the good experience I have had at St Mary’s and SIMMSport." Sophie Hardy, 3rd Year Physical Education and Sport student